Education Branch Library

Address & Contacts

Via Laura, 48 - 50121 Firenze · Map
Tel. 055.2756051 - E-mail: bibmag(AT)
Open only for loan by reservation and for returns


Opening Hours

Orario Education

(scorri a destra)


The Library, together with the School of Education, is located in via Laura.

The library collection traces the history of the education studies from the Royal Girls Higher Institute for Education (founded in 1882), through the Faculty of Education (est. 1936), to the Department of Education and Psychology as part of the School of Humanities and Education (est. 2013).

The collection of the Education branch library consists of:

  • about 60,000 books
  • over 500 Italian and foreign journals in paper format, of which half wit a standing subscription
  • the collection Fondo Giulio Preti (1911-1972, in italian), a former teacher of the Faculty of Education, comprising 1340 volumes, mainly of the 1800s and 1900s. The subjects are: philosophy of science, logic, moral philosophy, politics, linguistics, mathematics and biology
  • around 40 electronic databases on pedagogy and education, accessible from the University network

There is also an ever growing Reference section, classified according to Dewey Decimal codes.

The following historic collections can be consulted upon request to the Library staff: Fondo Giovanni Costetti, Fondo Alfonso Gatto, Fondo Giacomo Vertova, Fondo Giuseppe TarozziFondo Mario Valeri (in italian).

Reading and Loans

The majority of the items are on open shelves.

The loan service is closed between 1 and 2 pm, except for items on open shelves and those with call number starting with DEP, using the self-check desk that requires a valid user card.
Items with call numbers starting with REF (indexes, dictionaries, encyclopedias) and DEP (course set books) are for reference only.

Some of the books are kept in the Villa Ruspoli bookstacks. To request such items users must fill in the online request form by 10 am on Mondays for pick up after 2 pm the next Tuesday.

Besides the main reading room, patrons can use the study room open from Monday to Saturday 8.30 am to 7 pm. 

Reading Room

There are 162 seats, of which 127 with power sockets and 22 with desktop PCs. A wireless LAN is available in the library building.

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